December Holiday Events in San Antonio

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December is such a magical month with the holidays in full swing.  The Jones Real Estate Group would like to share some of the great activities going on in the San Antonio area for you to enjoy this month!  Create forever memories with family and friends as you enjoy any of these great events.


Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias, December 2-18

Enjoy the holiday serenity of the River Walk with a stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 luminarias. These warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the “lighting of the way” for the Holy Family. This centuries-old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

SeaWorld San Antonio’s Christmas Celebration, November 19 – January 1

Stroll through a sea of 5 million twinkling LED Christmas lights during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration! These incredible holiday lights will make your imagination come to life and put you in the holiday spirit as they transform the park into a wintery, watery wonderland. The Christmas Celebration is offered on scheduled operating days in November & December 2016 and is included with your park admission.

Zoo Lights, November 19 – January 1

See the San Antonio Zoo in a whole new light, with wild colors, exotic decorations and intricate animal patterns twinkling in the night. Thousands of lights create an immersive experience using traditional and unexpected color combinations. And your journey of light, iconic visuals, experiential displays, festive entertainment and delicious dining will be complemented by a seasonal soundscape perfect for creating a holiday celebration both unique and memorable.

Six Flags Holiday in Park, November 19 – January 2

Six Flags Fiesta Texas presents Holiday In The Park, with over a million dazzling lights, terrific shows like Majesty of Christmas and two new immersive holiday light & Music experiences: Illuminations and North Pole Reflections. Take a trek around the park on the Holiday Express train and take your picture with Santa Clause himself. Plus, go for a holiday thrill on all of our great rides like Iron Rattler, Batman and Goliath. Park Is open for Holiday In The Park on select dates.

Light The Way- University of the Incarnate Word, November 19, 2016 – January 6, 2017

The University comes alive with millions of twinkling lights with a big production & candlelight processional on November 19. Lights across campus will remain on through January 6

 The Nutcracker –Tobin Center for Performing Arts, November 25 – December 4, 2016
December 26-27, 2016

This classic tale comes to life with Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony.  It’s the perfect family traditional Christmas show. Get your tickets now.  If you miss these performances, you can see the Moscow Ballet perform The Great Russian Nutcracker at the end of the month at The Majestic too.

Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, November 27 – December 3

Dating back to 1979, this event is the longest-running mariachi music festival in Texas. And today, it’s also the setting for the largest mariachi competition in the United States. You’ll experience some of the most renowned groups in the world as mariachis strive to be named the best vocalist, violinist, guitarist and more! And to top it off, you’ll enjoy a culminating performance by Mexico City-based Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán on November 27 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. It’s one event you don’t want to miss.

Ford Holiday Boat Caroling, November 30 – December 18

Listen to the joyous sounds of carolers from more than 185 school, church, company and civic choral groups along the banks of the River Walk. Each night, boats float on the river with groups performing live Christmas carols for the public, who can enjoy the performances while strolling the walkways or sitting on a restaurant patio.

Light the World. In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days , December 1-25, 2016

“Serve anyone you want, any way you want” this December 1. That’s the message of the LDS Church’s Worldwide Day of Service, which kicks off a month-long “Light the World” Christmas initiative encouraging people to share the light of Christ through small, but meaningful acts of service on each of the 25 days before Christmas.

A Christmas Carol, December 2-19

Experience Charles Dickens’ classic story of redemption told with a bold, original voice. Local artists Tony Ciaravino and Tim Hedgepeth offer a brand new take on the timeless tale of Mr. Scrooge learning the lessons of life and the spirit of love at the Playhouse San Antonio.


Tamales at Pearl, December 3

Since 2010, the Tamales! Holiday Festival at Pearl has established itself as one of San Antonio’s top holiday events. Located along the River Walk, Tamales at Pearl offers delicious tamales from over 40 vendors, live music and plenty of fun for the whole family. This festive event is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays, as well as the rich culture of San Antonio.


Weihnachts Parade, Saturday, December 3, 2016 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm

2016 Theme:  “Lonestar Christmas”
The Weihnacht Parade is a long standing Boerne Christmas tradition. 2016 will be the 30th anniversary. Up to 100 lit entries travel Main Street. The parade is always on the first Saturday of December and starts at 6:00pm.
The parade will travel North to South beginning at Frederick Street (by the Fire House) and will end at River Road.

La Gran Tamalada, December 10

To maintain such a resilient custom, you have to educate future experts. At the annual tamal-making community party known as La Gran Tamalada, you’ll get hands-on experience from community tamaleras and enjoy San Antonio storytelling at its finest. Every holiday season, participants of all ages learn valuable methods and techniques in this informative and highly entertaining workshop at the historic Guadalupe Theater.

Winter Wonderland, TBD

The DoSeum is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. A reverse Santa’s engineering workshop and a Multicultural holiday celebration on December 5 will kick off the month of activities, which includes specialized workshops, Santa appearances and an interactive snowscape in the Special Exhibits Gallery.

A Wonderland Christmas, November 25 – December 23

Discover a winter wonderland with sparkling lights, carolers and Santa Claus at Morgan’s Wonderland. This 25-acre theme park is full of popular rides and attractions that are accessible to people of all abilities.

Valero Alamo Bowl,  December 29

The Valero Alamo Bowl showcases some of the best teams from two of the premier conferences in the country, the Big 12 and Pac-12. The Bowl has quickly become one of the most popular, producing some of the most-watched bowl games in ESPN history while selling out six of the last eight years.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl, January 7

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation’s premier high school All-American game, featuring the best 90 players in a classic East vs. West matchup every January at San Antonio’s Alamodome. Building upon the extraordinary players and incredible moments featured during each of the previous U.S. Army All-American Bowls, this year’s edition promises to provide an unforgettable look at the future of college and professional football.

New Year’s Celebration/Celebrate San Antonio, December 31

Ring in the new year San Antonio style! Enjoy spectacular fireworks, live music on multiple stages, food booths, family activities and more.

Kids’ Countdown, December 31

Children and families can ring in the New Year and watch the ball drop at the kid-friendly hour of noon. Toast in 2016 with complimentary sparking juices and other festive touches.

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